Set Intentions, Not Resolutions This Year!
Happy New Years Friends! I’ve never been one to set new years resolutions, which I find kind of funny looking back. Back in my disordered eating days I always thought what I was doing was a lifestyle but I constantly had a goal to lose weight year round. Even back then, I thought diets were stupid and believed in lifestyle changes and setting goals at anytime they came up during the year. I was just oblivious to the fact that I was setting all these rules and regulations for myself that I could never sustain. I essentially was creating my own diet all the time.
Now that I’ve gotten past that I still don’t set New Year’s resolutions but instead like to look back at the previous year to see what I’ve learned and how much growth I’ve made. I like the idea of setting intentions for the new year and my business coach recently talked about choosing a word to be your big intention for the year.
The first word that came to my mind was GROWTH. This is my year for even more personal growth, spiritual growth, growth in my relationships and to really focus on growing my business. I feel so blessed that I’ve been able to change my thought patterns and am now open to growth. I was stuck and stagnant for so many years. Now I look at those years as major lessons that have brought me to where I am today. I don’t regret any of it, at all.
If you’re someone who feels stuck and unpassionate, I challenge you to let go of your usual new years resolutions. I challenge you to not go on another diet or start another exercise routine. I challenge you not to vow to lose weight. You’ve been doing this how long now, and you constantly find yourself failing long term. This is because you’re not focusing on how you want to feel and what you want to experience.
Think about how you want to feel in the next year and what you want to experience.
Think about it, how do you truly want to feel over the next year and what do you want to experience. Then set an intention using a word that resonates with you. If you struggle with body image and disordered eating, take the focus away from losing weight and chose health instead. Be kind and compassionate to yourself and nourish your body, mind and spirit out of self love. Instead of continuing the cycle of restricting and binge eating get out of that cycle by first letting go of all the rules. Start to practice intuitive eating, choosing things that feel good in that moment.
This is hard at first if you’ve been controlling your food intake. You’ve likely lost you’re ability to listen to your body. With patience and practice overtime it will get easier. If you end up binge eating don’t get hung up on it. Breathe, move on and be kind to yourself. Don’t restrict but eat again when you feel like it.
Know that you have the ability to change your thoughts and when you do this you can bring whatever you want into your life. Here’s to a 2016 full of growth!